ABOUT

We transform Jewish communities by building the communities we need and want. Communities that reflect our values. Communities that embrace and celebrate the myriad ways to be Jewish, where we bring our whole selves, including a commitment to justice in Palestine.

JVP Chicago confronts the JNF, October 2015

JVP CHICAGO CONFRONTS THE JNF, October 2015

JVP-Chicago leads mobilization to confront the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Annual Meeting, October 2015. In this video you see Rabbinical Council co-founder Rabbi Brant Rosen lead a Havdallah/end of Shabbat ritual outside the JNF’s major donors dessert reception. The next day a broad coalition of Palestinian-led organizations and JVP chapters from across the midwest disrupt their meeting with singing and chanting.

Jewish Voice for Peace: Young Jewish Proud Declaration

YOUNG, JEWISH AND PROUD DECLARATION

This video is a statement of purpose and an open challenge to the Jewish community to listen to Jewish youth and our commitment to creating a vital, Jewish life that embraces all people–including Palestinians–as equals.

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RABBINICAL COUNCIL

Mission, Goals, and Values

Mission:

To support and promote the work of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Goals:

  • Provide rabbinical support and Jewish resources to JVP members;
  • Create a public rabbinic presence for JVP to Jewish communities and beyond;
  • Maintain a vibrant rabbinic community for each other that is rooted in respect, solidarity and love;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with rabbinic allies outside the council who support our work;
  • Promote JVP campaigns and participate actively in JVP programs.

Values:

We are guided by those teachings in Judaism that promote justice, liberation, and freedom for every human being. These teachings inspire us to actively support the Palestinian struggle for liberation.

Our core values include:

Tzelem Elohim/The Divine Image: every human being is a reflection of the Divine and deserves equality, dignity and freedom;

Tzedek and Rachamim/Justice and Compassion: balancing a passion for justice with compassion in relationship with one another, our partners, and our opponents;

The Prophetic Call: the courage to stand in solidarity with the oppressed and to speak truth to power;

Kehillah/Community: building a strong and loving Jewish community dedicated to justice and freedom for all.

We invite all rabbis, cantors, and rabbinical and cantorial students who agree with this statement to join us in building a powerful rabbinic voice in support of the Palestinian struggle for liberation and the creation of loving Jewish communities dedicated to justice and and freedom for all.

Additional Policies

Membership Commitment:
Members of the council are dues paying members of JVP who commit to publicly uphold and advocate for JVP’s mission and positions. We hope members will take leadership in projects and campaigns of the council, but this is not a requirement of being on the council. Council members are not expected to agree with the specifics of every JVP position, tactic and/or statement, and we invite our members to bring thoughtful critique and engagement to other members as well as to JVP staff and leadership, to further our political alignment and work.

Criteria for the work of the Rabbinical Council:
Rabbinical Council projects will be initiated and guided by the council and informed by the priorities, campaigns, and projects of JVP.

Rabbi Leora Abelson
Rabbi Rebecca Alpert
Rabbi Lev Baesh
Rabbi David Basior
Rabbi Haim Beliak
Rabbi Joseph Berman
Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener
Rabbi Meryl Crean
Rabbi Michael Davis
Rabbi Art Donsky
Rabbi Michael Feinberg
Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari
Rabbi Sarah Bracha Gershuny
Rabbi Shai Gluskin

Rabbi Borukh Goldberg
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Rabbi Julie Greenberg
Rabbi Linda Holtzman
Student Rabbi Ariana Katz
Rabbi Edward Klein
Rabbi Alan LaPayover
Rabbi Eyal Levinson
Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom
Rabbi David Mivasair
Rabbi Dev Noily
Rabbi Alexis Pearce

Rabbi Michael Ramberg
Rabbi Brant Rosen
Student Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg
Rabbi Ken Rosenstein
Student Rabbi Jay Stanton
Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman
Student Rabbi Ri Turner
Rabbi Brian Walt
Rabbi Lucia Pizarro
Rabbi Lew Weiss
Rabbi Alissa Wise
Rabbi Joey Wolf
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
Rabbi Rain Zohav

The Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council has come together to speak out on behalf of justice for all peoples in the Middle East. A fast growing network of rabbis, cantors and rabbinical students, we support each other through bi-annual in-person gatherings, in our Mentorship and Support Program, and ongoing consultation.

We create ritual materials and alternative Jewish liturgies for JVP, and provide support for JVP members, chapters, and campaigns. If you are a rabbi, cantor or a rabbinical or cantorial student interested in joining, or to send the Rabbinical Council a message, email ilana.lerman@jewishvoiceforpeace.org

Senators: Investigate Israeli Violence!

No one should be killed for taking part in a peaceful protest. It’s up to us to call on progressive Senators to investigate Israel’s massacre in Gaza that killed over 100 Palestinians wounded 12,000 others.

Huge Palestinian march with text overlaid reading "support the #greatreturnmarch"

TELL STARBUCKS TO DROP THE ADL

An organization like the ADL, with a history of anti-Muslim, Anti-Palestinian activities, should not be a part of Starbucks’ anti-bias trainings.

No Business in Illegal Settlements

A United Nations preliminary report details businesses operating in illegal Israeli settlements. Now we need you to tell Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Priceline to stop profiting from business in settlements.

TELL AHED TAMIMI YOU ARE WITH HER

Ahed’s courage in standing up against the occupation inspired a global audience to stand alongside her. And together with a huge media response to her story, Israel’s military court bowed to pressure and handed down it’s minimum sentence.

bds movement NOMINATED FOR nobel prize

Norwegian MP Bjørnar Moxnes has nominated the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions for the Nobel Peace Prize!

SUPPORT PALESTINIAN CHILDREN

Israel systematically prosecutes as many as 700 children in military courts each year. Email your Rep to support Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391.

End the Deadly Exchange

When US law enforcement trade tactics with the Israeli police and military, Israel deepens its military occupation and the US heightens its violence of policing.